EASTON, Md., March 1, 2012 — Enough is enough! President Obama has been the target for the last three years of slurs, insults, disrespect, sneers, and racist comments. Now add to that a racist joke emailed by Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull to friends and acquaintances.
Judge Cebull, an appointee of President George W. Bush, has admitted to the Great Falls Tribune that he did forward the “joke” from his brother, which speculates that Obama is the offspring of a white mother and a dog, and that he showed a lack of judgment in sharing the “joke.”
The email which was sent on Judge Cebull’s courthouse email at 3:42 p.m. on February 20 reads as follows:
“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’
“His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
Cebull also said that his email was not intended to become public, but obviously someone who saw it felt differently and made sure it was. And thus comes the kind of apology we so often hear from people who really don’t want to apologize:
“I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended.”
In other words, I am sorry for being caught.
And why did Judge Cebull send out such a blatantly racist joke? “The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan. I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”
How many times do Americans have to stand by and see our President, our first African-American President, maligned by Republicans who cannot respectfully disagree with him but instead:
- Question his Christian faith;
- Dispute his American birth;
- Call him a Muslim ally;
- Insist he is a Socialist, Communist, Nazi (sometimes all in one breath),
- Say working with the President is like touching a “tar baby” (Colo. Rep. Doug Lamborn);
- Heckle him as a liar during the State of the Union Address (S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson);
- Wag a finger in his face (Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer),
- Or compare him to the captain of the Italian cruise liner who is charged with manslaughter for abandoning his passengers to their watery graves (RNC Chairman Reince Priebus)
Judge Cebull’s “joke” has brought out into the open America’s underbelly. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush suffered some unfair attacks and some nasty criticism, but they were never this vile nor by people who are supposed leaders in this country.
The hatred of President Obama is irrational and dangerous to America and all that we value. People like Judge Cebull have no place in public life, much less on the Federal bench.
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